RECODE Final Conference ‘Responding to Complex Diversity in Europe and Canada: Balance and Perspectives’

University of Augsburg, 23–25 October 2014

RECODE-Poster-def-web2 copyThe final conference of the RECODE network will present and discuss new contributions to studying socio-cultural diversity and the political challenges it entails. It will offer a critical balance of the scientific activities realized under the umbrella of the RECODE network over the past four years. The conference will not only give an overview of the work done in the four RECODE thematic sections, but also address the interconnections in this work in order to substantiate the analytic potential complex diversity has for understanding ongoing transformations on both sides of the North Atlantic area. The key question the workshop will address is the transition from the ‘simple’ diversity of high modernity to the ‘complex’ diversity of present times.

The final RECODE event will have two main parts. The first, opening part of the event (23 October 2014) will integrate two keynote lectures and a panel debate focusing on the topic ‘Complex diversity and its politics: towards a new research agenda’. The main purpose of this public event is to present the views of two scholars with a pioneering record in the debate on ethnic relations and multiculturalism, and to contrast these views with approaches to studying diversity adopted in the context of RECODE.

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Thursday, 23 October 2014 – Public event: Keynote lectures and panel discussion
Venue: Rokokosaal der Regierung von Schwaben, Fronhof 10, 86152 Augsburg. This is a free event with advance registration required. Registration with
Time Activity Participant
17.00 Welcome and opening remarks Sabine Doering-Manteuffel (President of the University of Augsburg):Welcoming words
Peter A. Kraus (University of Augsburg): Introduction
17.15 Keynote lectures Gérard Bouchard (Université du Québec à Chicoutimi):Research on Ethnic Diversity: Toward a Majority Moment ?
Tariq Modood (University of Bristol):Equality and Group Identity Revisited
18.30 Panel debate Chair Peter A. Kraus
Discussants Rainer Bauböck (European University Institute)
Riva Kastoryano (CNRS-CERI-Sciences Po)
Guy Laforest (Université Laval)
Birte Siim (Aalborg University)
20.00 –

Gérard Bouchard (sociology, history / Université du Québec à Chicoutimi) will address the ‘majority moment’ in diversity politics, arguing that the focus of research on ethnic diversity should be substantially enlarged and include majority cultures as a topic of analysis in and of itself. Tariq Modood (politics, sociology / University of Bristol) will revisit equality and group identity, making a plea for transcending the dichotomy between ‘identities constructed from the inside’ and ‘identities constructed from the outside’ within a normative framework that concentrates on groups fighting outsider perceptions by boosting insider identifications.

Gérard Bouchard and Tariq Modood were not directly involved with the activities of the RECODE program thus far. The issues raised in their lectures will be discussed by a panel composed of scholars who have been associated in different ways with the RECODE project over the past five years. Bouchard and Modood will have the opportunity to respond to the panelists before the floor is opened to the general public.

The second part of the event (24‒25 October 2014) will principally be devoted to the workshop ‘From simple to complex diversity: balance and perspectives’. The workshop’s purpose is to offer a first comprehensive and critical balance of the scientific activities realized under the umbrella of the RECODE network over the past four years. Participation in the workshop is limited to RECODE Steering Committee members and invited guests. The workshop should not only give an overview of the outcomes of the RECODE thematic sections, but also address the dynamics of changes and possible interconnections between them. The key question that the workshop will address is the transition from the ‘simple’ diversity of high modernity to the ‘complex’ diversity of present times.

Friday, 24 October 2014 – Workshop: From “Simple” to “Complex” Diversity: Balance and Perspectives
Venue: Senatssaal, Universität Augsburg, Universitätsstr. 2
Time Activity Participant
09.00 -10.45 Section session on linguistic diversity RECODE Speakers:Peter A. Kraus (University of Augsburg)

François Grin (Université de Genève)

“Complex Diversity and the New Politics of Linguistic Identity”

External Speaker:

Stefan Oeter (University of Hamburg)

“‘Complex’ Linguistic Diversity in a Legal Perspective”


Johanne Poirier (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

11.15 -13.00 Section session on religious diversity RECODE Speakers:Gianni D’Amato (University of Neuchâtel)

Francisco Colom González (Spanish National Research Council)

“Multireligious Society: Managing Religious Diversity in Theory and Practice”

External Speaker:

Ines Michalowski (Berlin Social Science Center)

“Accommodating Islam in the Military – Opening up to Religious Diversity?”


João Cardoso Rosas (University of Minho)

14.00 -15.45 Section session on  diversity and redistribution RECODE Speakers:Keith Banting (Queen’s University)

“The Strains of Commitment: The Political Sources of Solidarity”

Birte Siim (Aalborg University)

“Is Solidarity Beyond the Nation State Possible and Desirable?”

External Speaker:

Birgit Sauer (University of Vienna)

“Intersectionality vs. Solidarity – Complex Tensions in West European Countries”


Rainer Bauböck (European University Institute)

16.15 -18.00 Section session onde-territorialised diversity RECODE-Speaker:John Erik Fossum (University of Oslo)

“Diversity and Contestations over Nationalism in Europe and Canada”

External Speaker:

Hans-Jörg Trenz (University of Copenhagen)

“Media Spaces or Media Spheres? De-territorialisation and Re-territorialisation in the Age of Online Communication”


Guy Laforest (Université Laval)

18.00 -18.30 Final comments Marcus Llanque (University of Augsburg)Reiner Keller (University of Augsburg)

Saturday, 25 October 2014 – Concluding Discussion and Steering Committee Meeting
Time Activity Participant
09.00 –10.30 Concluding discussionacross sections Section representatives
10.30 –12.30 Steering Committee meeting Steering Committee members

The workshop is divided into four sessions, each of these focusing respectively on one of the program’s thematic core sections, i.e. religion, language, welfare, and de-territorialization. The format of the sessions is based on confronting a contribution of a RECODE-associate with the contribution of a non-RECODE speaker. The papers presented in the workshop can either apply a general focus on the work done by a section or address a particular topic, which is considered to be of special relevance for tackling the section’s scientific objectives. The papers are expected to have a complementary character and to offer a critical approach to the work done by the RECODE sections.

Both the opening event and the workshop shall contribute to an assessment of how successful RECODE has been in coming to grips with the phenomenon of complex diversity, in analyzing this phenomenon in productive and innovative ways, and in combining European and Canadian approaches in the endeavor to grasp a new constellation, in which a variety of social, political and cultural cleavages overlap and compete for political legitimacy at national, supranational and transnational levels.

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Workshop 7 – June 2014:

The politics of multilingualism: linguistic governance, globalisation and Europeanisation

A workshop sponsored by the ESF Research Networking Program RECODE
and the MIME (Mobility and Inclusion in a Multilingual Europe)-Project

Université de Genève, 19‒20 June 2014

Convenors: François Grin (Geneva, Switzerland), Peter A. Kraus (Augsburg, Germany)

One of the principal consequences of the socio-cultural and socio-political transformations which we label with terms such as globalisation and Europeanisation is a substantial alteration of the functions of different languages and their position with respect to one another. These effects are making themselves felt not only at a global scale and in regional arenas, but also at the national scale of state-level language policies, and at the local level of linguistic practices in multicultural neighborhoods. This raises unprecedented challenges for contemporary societies, which have to engage these more varied and pervasive manifestations of diversity. Meeting these societal challenges calls for the development of institutional responses that take account of the new politics of language and multilingualism. Although there is an abundance of literature on multilingualism and diversity in the modern world (particularly in contemporary Europe), relatively little has been done towards elaborating an integrative view that identifies the key social and political dimensions at hand, and proposes a systematic approach to policy development on this basis. In this workshop, we attempt to do precisely that, by charting some of this little-known terrain, emphasizing the need to be simultaneously relevant at the international, national and local levels.

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The issues at hand are exceedingly vast, and the workshop, as well as the book publication envisaged on the basis of the workshop, is viewed as an initial step in what must develop into a long-term endeavour, accompanying projects variously supported by the European Science Foundation, the European Commission, or other funding bodies. For this initial step, we have identified three main topics:

·         Multilingualism and identity-building (complex diversity, new forms of multilingualism, bottom-up dynamics vis-à-vis Europeanization and globalization)

·         Emerging patterns of “global linguistic governance” (institutional responses to the tendencies described in the previous section, top-down dynamics, formal models combining bottom-up and top-down elements)

·         Linguistic hegemony, linguistic insecurity and linguistic justice (issues of power and domination involved with current practices of linguistic governance, normative implications)



The politics of multilingualism

Thursday, 19 June 2014



•           Peter A. Kraus (Augsburg), François Grin (Geneva)

Multilingualism and identity-building

•          Virginie Mamadouh (Amsterdam), “Transient Linguistic Landscapes of Activism: Protesting against Austerity Policies in the Eurozone”

•          Linda Cardinal (Ottawa), “The state of multilingualism in Canada and its impact on language policy developments”

•           Rudi Janssens (Brussels), “The impact of mobility and migration on the identity-constructing policy in Brussels”

Discussant: Pasi Saukkonen (Helsinki)


Multilingualism and identity-building (cont.)

•           Astrid von Busekist (Paris), “Bowling together. Some thoughts on a new lingua franca.”

•           Konstantin Zamyatin (Helsinki), “Russian language status planning and nation-building”

•           Peter A. Kraus (Augsburg), “From glossophagic hegemony to multilingual pluralism? Re-assessing the politics of linguistic identity in Europe”

•           László Marácz (Amsterdam), “Towards norm-driven linguistic diversity management in the context of globalization”

Discussant: André Liebich (Geneva)

Friday, 20 June 2014

Emerging patterns of “global linguistic governance”

•           Robert Phillipson (Copenhagen), “English, the lingua nullius of global hegemony”

•           François Grin (Geneva), “Fashionable sociolinguistic constructs: Some implications for politics and policy”

•           Thomas Ricento (Calgary), “The Promise and the Pitfalls of Global English”

Discussant: Nenad Stojanović (Zurich)


Linguistic hegemony, linguistic insecurity and linguistic justice

•          Helder de Schutter (Leuven), “Cosmopolitan Ownership of English”

•          Glyn Morgan (Syracuse/Turin), “English as Europe’s Lingua Franca: A Liberal-Democratic Perspective”

•         Federico Gobbo (Amsterdam/Turin), “Is the Calvet Language Barometer useful to measure linguistic justice?”

Discussant: Jean-Claude Barbier (Paris)

Concluding commentaries and further planning


Workshop 6 – February 2014

The Strains of Commitment: The Political Sources of Solidarity in Diverse Societies

European University Institute (EUI), Fiesole, Italy – February 20th-22th, 2014

Convenors: Keith Banting & Will Kymlicka (Queens University, Canada), Anna Triandafyllidou (EUI, Italy)

This project analyzes the political sources of solidarity in ethnically and religiously diverse societies, paying particular attention to two factors: conceptions of political community, and state policies related to diversity and integration. These issues have been the subject of a lively debate among normative political theorists, but few empirical analysts have engaged with their ideas. This project brings these two groups together to analyze the political underpinning of solidarity in diverse societies.


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Thursday, 20 February 2014



  • Keith Banting / Will Kymlicka, “The Strains of Commitment”

The Political Theory of Solidarity

  • Bonnie Honig, “Demos, shared objects of political life, and solidarity”
  • Jacob Levy, “Against fraternity: Democracy without solidarity”
  • David Miller, “Solidarity and its sources”


The Politics of Diversity and Solidarity

  • Peter Hall, “The Politics of Diversity in Historical Context”
  • Rainer Bauböck, “National Identity and European Solidarity”
  • Bo Rothstein, “Diversity, the Quality of Governance and Solidarity”


Friday, 21 February 2014

Public Attitudes on Diversity and Solidarity

  • Wim van Oorschot /Tom Reeskens, “Popular opinions on the citizenship rights of newcomers in Europe”
  • Marc Helbling / Celine Teney, “Elite versus public attitudes to diversity and solidarity in Germany”
  • R. Johnston/ S. Soroka / J. Citrin / M. Wright, “Diversity and solidarity: new evidence from Canada and the US”


The Politics of Diversity and Solidarity: country cases

  • Karen Borevi, “Diversity and Solidarity in Sweden and Denmark”
  • Edward Koning, “Identity, Solidarity, Nation-building: the Year 2002 in Dutch Politics”
  • Patrick Loobuyck / David Sinardet, “Belgium: Solidarity within and across communities”

Concluding Commentaries

  • Joakim Palme
  • Philippe van Parijs



European-Canadian Research Meeting – September 2013:

Responding to Complex Diversity in Europe and Canada: future research directions

A workshop sponsored by the ESF Research Networking Program RECODE
and the Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue

Université de Montréal, 12-13 September 2013
Carrefour des arts et des sciences
Pavillon Lionel Groulx



The Themes

The program is structured around the four thematic areas at the heart of RECODE. To the respective four sessions, we add a final roundtable at which we will discuss possibilities for future research collaborations:

  • The Political Communities of Migrants: De-Territorialised Diversity and Political Integration in Host Countries:  This session expands RECODE’s focus on the emergence of transnational communities and the institutionalization of diaspora politics to also include the extent of political integration of migrants in their new host country.
  • Linguistic Diversity and Political Communication: The purpose of this section is to assess to what extent a common public sphere has to be based upon one common language. It will compare the European experience, where the consolidation of nation-states was reached at the expenses of linguistic minority groups, with Canada, which was built from the beginning on the basis of an agreement between two distinct linguistic communities.
  • Religions and the Public Sphere:  Accommodating Religious Diversity in the Post-secular Era. The aim of this section is to explore the changing relationship between the religious and the political spheres in democratic societies. The underlying hypothesis is that, against the prevailing Weberian idea of modernization as religious “disenchantment” of the world, we are facing a profound change in the functional parameters of religion.
  • Solidarity beyond the Nation State: Diversity, Solidarity and Redistribution. This section addresses critical questions facing western democracies. How can we maintain and strengthen the bonds of community in ethnically diverse societies? How can we reconcile growing levels of multicultural diversity and the sense of a common identity which sustains the norms of mutual support and underpins a generous welfare state?
  • Roundtable: Future Directions and Collaborations. The final discussion will be launched by four research leaders, two from the RECODE network and two from important networks in Canada.

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The Schedule

Thursday, September 12, 2013

10:00 – 10:30
Welcome and opening remarks

  • Jane Jenson, Department of Political Science, Université de Montréal.
  • Peter Kraus, Political Science and Institute for Canadian Studies, University of Augsburg.
  • Keith Banting, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University.

10:30 – 12:00
The Political Communities of Immigrants: Transnational Diasporas and Political Integration in Host Countries

  • Chair : Oliver Schmidtke, Department of Political Science, University of Victoria and co-lead, TRG Immigration and Social Policy, Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue.
  • Gianni D’Amato, Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies, Université de Neuchâtel. Download presentation: D’Amato Montréal 12-09-13.
  • Stephen White and Antoine Bilodeau, Department of Political Science, Concordia University. Download presentation: White & Bilodeau Montréal 12-09-13.
  • Discussant: Victor Satzewich, Department of Sociology, McMaster University.

13:00 – 14:30
Linguistic Diversity and Political Communication

  • Chair: Lawrence McFalls, Department of Political Science, Université de Montréal.
  • Donna Patrick, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University. Download presentation: Patrick Montréal 12-09-13.
  • Peter A. Kraus, Political Science and Institute for Canadian Studies, University of Augsburg. Download presentation: Kraus Montréal 12-09-13.
  • Discussant: Martin Papillon, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa.

15:00 – 16:30
Religions and the Public Sphere: Accommodating Religious Diversity in the Post-secular Era

  • Chair: Magdalena Dembinska, Department of Political Science, Université de Montréal.
  • Francisco Colom González, Centre of Human and Social Sciences, Spanish National Research Council. Download presentation: Colom González Montréal 12-09-13 .
  • Avigail Eisenberg, Department of Political Science, University of Victoria. Download presentation: Eisenberg Montréal 12-09-13.
  • Discussant: Jocelyn Maclure, Faculty of Philosophy, Laval University.

Friday, September 13, 2013

9:00 – 10:30
Solidarity Beyond the Nation State: Diversity, Solidarity and Redistribution

  • Chair: John Erik Fossum, ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo.
  • Keith Banting, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University. Download presentation: Banting Montréal 13-09-13.
  • Grete Brochmann, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo. Download presentation: Brochmann Montréal 13-09-13.
  • Discussant: Edward Koning, Department of Political Science, University of Guelph

11:00 – 12:30
Future Directions and Collaborations

  • Francisco Colom González, Centre of Human and Social Sciences, Spanish National Research Council.
  • Jane Jenson, Department of Political Science, Université de Montréal and co-lead, TRG Immigration and Social Policy, Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue.
  • Peter A. Kraus, Political Science and Institute for Canadian Studies, University of Augsburg.
  • Alain Noël, Department of Political Science, Université de Montréal and President, Centre d’études sur la pauvreté et l’exclusion (CEPE).

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Workshop 5 – April 2013

Multireligious Society: Accommodating the New Religious Diversity in Post-Secular Settings
Madrid, Spain – April 11th-12th, 2013

Francisco Colom González (CSIC, Spain)
Gianni D’Amato (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)

Madrid Workshop PosterThe aim of this Section of the RECODE Research Networking Program is to explore the changing relationship between the religious and political spheres in democratic societies. Whereas modernisation has been traditionally conceived as an irrevocable substitution of traditional religious values by secular principles, the fact is that we are facing a profound change in the functional parameters of religion. For centuries, religion was the main instrument of socialization in traditional agrarian societies. Their symbolic universe was shaped by religious references, as were their collective allegiances and their perception of social order and political legitimacy. In modern societies it is the state which exercises, even if in a receding way, this type of cultural hegemony. Religion has historically unbound itself from the normative function of legitimating state authority, but the emergence of new forms of religious diversity continues to demand specific policies from the state. Religion thus has lost its role as a primordial social reference, but it has not given way to completely secularized forms of subjectification. It still counts as a relevant social force that pervades the public, private and personal realms, and it often puts pressure on the role of the state as a neutral public actor. This is what we have defined here as post-secular settings.

In this workshop we will address the social practices, public policies and normative issues involved in the accommodation of the new emerging forms of religious diversity. Special attention will be paid to the management of multiconfessional social spaces. In the first panel we will deal with the accommodation of religion in contemporary urban settings, with the configuration of religious itineraries related to pilgrimage or tourism and with the adaptation of medical, penitentiary and funerary practices to multi-religious conditions. In the second panel we will look at the theoretical and practical implications of the claims for legal autonomy made by certain religious groups. In the last panel we will turn to the dilemmas stemming from the participation of organized religious groups in processes of conflict resolution and in the making of public policy.


Full Workshop Description

RECODE Madrid Workshop Program

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Thursday April 11th – Workshop Day 1
Panel 1 – Out in public: Religion and the use of social spaces

  • Christof Meier (Integrationsförderung, City of Zürich; Switzerland)
  • Michael Stausberg (Bergen University, Norway)
  • Francisco Díez de Velasco (University of La Laguna, Spain)

Panel 1 – (Continuation)

  • Armando Salvatore (University of Naples, Italy/Humboldt University, Germany)
  • Ronald George Moore (University College Dublin, Ireland)
  • María del Mar Griera (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain)
  • Discussant: Valeriano Esteban (National University of Distance Education, Spain)

Panel 2 – One law for all? The legal self-regulation of religious groups

  • Marie-Claire Foblets (Max Plank Institute of Social Anthropology, Germany)
  • Bertram Turner (Max Plank Institute of Social Anthropology, Germany)
  • Francisco Colom González (National Research Council, Spain)

Panel 2 – (Continuation)

  • Gianni D’Amato (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
  • Discussant: José María Sauca (Carlos III University, Spain)

Friday April 12th – Workshop Day 2
Panel 3 – Public policy for religious co-existence

  • Veit Bader (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Paul Bramadat (University of Victoria, Canada)
  • Avigail Eisenberg (University of Victoria, Canada)

Panel 3 – (Continuation)

  • Discussant: João Manuel Cardoso Rosas (University of Minho, Portugal)

Workshop brought to you with the collaboration of:

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RECODE Summer School – 2013

The Challenge of Complex Diversity: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives from Europe and Canada

RECODE Summer School,

University College Dublin, 10th to 14thJune 2013

Applications are invited from doctoral research students to participate in a week-long summer school organized by the RECODE research networking programme, funded by the European Science Foundation, and Recode Summer School Posterhosted by the Humanities Institute, University College Dublin, from 10thto 14thJune 2013. Successful applicants will receive an award covering travel costs and accommodation.

RECODE, an interdisciplinary, comparative research programme, aims to explore to what extent the processes of transnationalisation, migration, religious mobilisation and cultural differentiation entail a new configuration of social conflict in post-industrial societies (see The summer school will examine the challenge of complex diversity, through theoretical and empirical perspectives from Europe and Canada. The week long programme will consist of lectures and seminars on the following four thematic areas covered by the RECODE network: (1) Linguistic diversity; (2) De-territorialized diversity; (3) Religious diversity; (4) Solidarity beyond the nation-state.

Participating lecturers and seminar leaders include Gianni D’Amato (University of Neuchâtel), Rainer Bauböck (EUI, Florence), Anette Borchorst (Aalborg University), Susanne Brauer (Paulus-Akademie Zürich), Linda Cardinal (University of Ottawa), John Erik Fossum (University of Oslo), Alain Gagnon (UQAM), François Grin (University of Geneva), Riva Kastoryano (CNRS-CERI-Sciences Po, Paris), Peter A. Kraus (University of Augsburg), Jocelyn Maclure (Laval University), Michel Seymour (U. Montréal), Birte Siim (Aalborg University).


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Summer School Programme

Monday 10th June:

Morning Session – 9.30-13.00:

9.30: Opening remarks

10.00-11.00: Plenary Lecture

Rainer Bauböck “It’s all political, stupid! Why and how cultural difference matters for democracy”

—- 11.00-11.30: Coffee break —–

11.30-12.30: Plenary Lecture

Michel Seymour “Political Liberalism and the Recognition of Peoples”

12.30-13.00: Panel discussion

—-13.00-14.00: Lunch —-

14.00-16.00: Plenary Session – Introductions by students

—- 16.00: Opening reception —-

Tuesday 11th June: Religious Diversity

Morning Session – 9.30-13.00:

9.30-10.30: Lecture and discussion

Susanne Brauer “The role of religious beliefs in clinical practice: ethical considerations”

10.30-11.30: Lecture and discussion

Jocelyn Maclure “Religious Accommodations and Fairness”

—- 11.30-12.00: Coffee Break —-

12.00-13.00: Lecture and Discussion

Gianni D’Amato “(Religious) Diversities and the Judiciary”

—-13.00-14.00: Lunch —-

14.00-16.30: Group workshop and student presentations led by Gianni D’Amato, Susanne Brauer, and Jocelyn Maclure.

Wednesday 12th June: Linguistic Diversity

Morning Session – 9.30-13.00:

9.30-10.30: Introduction to topic

Peter Kraus: Complex Diversity and Language Politics

Margaret Kelleher: Historical and Contemporary Language Issues in Ireland

10.30-11.30: Lecture and discussion

Linda Cardinal “Language Regimes and State Traditions”

—- 11.30-12.00: Coffee Break —-

12.00-13.00: Lecture and discussion

François Grin “Economic Approaches to the Valuation of Language Policy Strategies”

13.00-13.30: Concluding discussion

—-13.30-14.30: Lunch —-

14.30-16.30: Group workshop and student presentations led by Peter Kraus, François Grin, and Linda Cardinal.

Thursday 13th June: De-Territorialized Diversity

Morning Session – 9.30-13.00:

9.30-10.30: Introduction to topic

Riva Kastoryano

10.30-11.30: Lecture and discussion

Alain G. Gagnon: Rooted Cosmopolitanism as a by-product of Liberal Nationalism

—- 11.30-12.00: Coffee Break —-

12.00-13.00: Lecture and discussion

John Erik Fossum: Cosmopolitanisation in the EU and Canada?

—- 13.00-14.00: Lunch —-

14.00-16.30: Group workshops and student presentations led by John Erik Fossum, Riva Kastoryano, Alain Gagnon, Birte Siim, Anette Borchorst and Edward Koning

Friday 14th June: Solidarity Beyond the Nation State

Morning Session – 9.00-12.30:

9.00-11.00: Lectures and discussion

Birte Siim Trans-national Challenges to Democracy, Citizenship and Multiculturalism”

Edward Koning The politics of immigrants’ social rights in Western welfare states”

—-11.00-11.30: Coffee Break —-

11.30-12.30: Lecture and discussion

Anette Borchorst: “Immigration, Europeanization, and Solidarity”

—-12.30-13.30: Lunch —-

13.30-15.00: Closing Plenary.

Summer school ends at 15.00.

Download RECODE Summer School Schedule

Description of thematic sessions

Day 1:Introductory

Day 2 Religious diversity:Religion has lost its role as a fundamental reference in Western societies, but it has not given way to completely secularized forms of subjectification. It continues to be in a post-secular setting a relevant social force that pervades the public, private and intimate realms. Therefore, the session will address the following themes: How to interpret secularism and laicité in post-secular societies? What is the role and option of religion in public space? Which ethical and legal parameters should be taken accountable in religious plural societies?  What are workable public policies for religious co-existence?

Day 3 Linguistic diversity: The session will be devoted to assessing the impact of linguistic diversity and multilingualism on society and politics in Europe and Canada from a multi- and trans-disciplinary perspective. It will address the following themes: (a) language and identity-formation under conditions of complex diversity; (b) language, immigration, and integration; (c) multilingualism and democracy; (d) political communication in transnational contexts; (e) linguistic justice.

Day 4 De-territorialized diversity: Politics has traditionally been conceptualized and organized along territorial lines. Today, however, the confluence of globalization, cosmopolitanisation and Europeanisation have given new impetus to the development of transnational communities. The session will address the following questions: What is meant by transnational communities? How salient are they in today’s EU and Canada? What is the relationship between transnationalism, nationalism and cosmopolitanism? Is cosmopolitanism the way forward?

Day 5 Solidarity beyond the welfare state: The session will address multicultural politics within and beyond welfare states focusing on the following themes:(a) the changing politics of diversity and belonging;(b) old and new forms of diversities and inequalities; (c) the boundaries of solidarity during the economic crisis.


Applications can be accepted only if they satisfythe two following criteria:

  • Applicants must be currently registered with an institution of higher education and/or research in the RECODE membership countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland).
  • Applicants must be currently registered PhD students in disciplines and fields of interest relevant to the themes of the school and RECODE network.

Documentation requested from applicants

All application material must be submitted in pdf format to for the attention of Professor Margaret Kelleher, RECODE Irish representative, by 31 March 2013.

  • Letter of application (max 500 words) detailing a) your institutional affiliation, b) nature and length of programme for which you are registered, c) subject of research project, and explaining how you will benefit from the workshop.
  • A short essay (max 500 words) addressing directly one or more of the themes of the workshop sessions from the perspective of your research project.
  • CV (max. 1000 words).
  • Letter of support from your research supervisor (recommended length: c. 500 words).

NB: Applications exceeding the indicated word restrictions and late applications will not be eligible. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Selection criteria and process

The selection will be carried out by a dedicated panel of reviewers, appointed by the Recode Steering Committee. Decisions will be based on the following criteria:

  • Suitability of student’s subject of study to summer school themes;
  • Quality and originality of the short essay;
  • Thematic balance, i.e. to ensure representation of all four thematic areas;
  • Balanced geographical and gender representation amongst the participants.

Timeline for application and selection

  • 31 March 2013 Deadline for submission of application (pdf format) to
  • By end April 2013 Notification of successful applicants

A certificate of participation will be issued to all summer school attendees. Credit allocations will be the responsibility of the student’s own institution.

The ESF award will cover travel costs (economy class), meals and accommodation (5 nights); travel costs will be reimbursed to participants following the event.

CALL FOR RECODE SUMMER SCHOOL 2013 closing date 31 March
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Workshop 4 – October 2012

Solidarity Beyond the Nation State: Diversity, (In)Equalities and Crisis

Time and venue: 11-12. October, 2012. Aalborg University, Denmark.

Convenors: Keith Banting, Queens University, Canada & Birte Siim, Aalborg University, Denmark

Workshop Summary

The objective of the workshop was to address new challenges and problems related to the changes of transnationalism and Europeanization on the one hand and the growth of welfare nationalism, neoliberal and right wing politic on the other hand. One of the main questions was how the socio-economic and political changes are influencing (re)definition of welfare, minority and migration politics. One of the key issues is the reframings of equality and diversity and the challenges involved in constructing welfare policies transcending the dilemma between redistribution and recognition policies from a comparative European and global perspective.

The workshop was organized around three sessions:

1) “Changing Politics of Diversity and Belonging”,

2) “Diversity & Inequalities: Nation State policy responses”, and

3) “Diversity, Transnational Solidarity and the Crisis”.

In the concluding panel debate titled “European Social Policies, Civil Society Actors and the Crisis” the invited speakers addressed the socio-economic and political crisis from a comparative European and global perspective.

Workshop Final Report

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Thursday October 11: Day one


9.00 – 9.30

RECODE Programme

9.15: Welcome Birte Siim

Session 1: Changing Politics of Diversity and Belonging

9.30 – 15.45

· Patterns of Diversity & major political parties/projects

· Voters/public attitudes and the media

· Neo-nationalism and Right Wing populism

This panel addresses the changing politics of diversity and belonging at the level of theory and research within and across nation states. One issue concerns patterns of diversity and how major political parties and political projects respond to the new challenges from diversity. What are the relations between anti-diversity positions within the nation states and Euro-scepticism? Another issue concerns voters’/public attitudes towards diversity and explores the role of the media in influencing/framing citizens’ attitudes The third issue concerns the challenge from Neo-nationalism and Right Wing populism, voters and members of populist partier; the growth of Right Wing populism and opposition/challenge to welfare and equality policies within and across nation states.

9.30 – 10.00

Phil Triadafilopoulus, Visiting Professor, Berlin: ”Immigrants Into Conservatives: Immigration Politics in Canada”.

10.30 – 11.00

Hans-Georg Betz, Switzerland: “Still the ‘Master Case?’ The Neo-populist Synthesis of French Radical Right-Wing Discourse under Marine Le Pen”.

11.00 – 11.30

Robert Sata, Central European University, Hungary: “Political Parties in multicultural dialogues: diversity and Europeanization in political discourse”.

11.30 – 12.15

Discussant: Peter Hervik, Co-MID, Aalborg University

LUNCH 12.30 – 13.30

13.30 – 14.00

Gianni D’AMATO, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland: “Migration and the Polarization of Public Debate in Switzerland and Austria”.

14.00 – 14.30

Anniken Hagelund, Institute for Social research, Oslo, Norway: “Immigration and the Nordic welfare state. Good guys and bad guys”.

14.30 – 15.00

Susi Meret, Co-MID, Aalborg University: “Gender and female charismatic leadership in the Nordic right-wing populist parties”.

15.00 – 15.45

Discussant: Anette Borchorst, CCWS, Aalborg University

COFFEE/TEA BREAK: 15.45 – 16.00

Session 2: Diversity & Inequalities: Nation State policy responses

16.00 – 18.00

· Old and new forms of inequalities

· Policies and Discourses on redistribution

· Political activities and identities – mobilisation and claims-making

This panel addresses diversity and inequalities within and across nation states at the level of theory and research. Is there a trade-off between recognition and redistribution and between ethnic diversity and gender equality? One issue focuses on relations between old and new forms of inequalities, I.e. intersections of equality/inequalities according to gender and class with inequalities according to ethnicity/race and religion. The second issue compares policies and discourse of redistribution within the EU and across the nation states The third issue concerns the role of (new) political actors, organisations and identities, I. e. comparing the mobilisation and claims-making of various social and cultural groups.

16.00 – 16.45

Yasmeen Abu-Laban, University of Alberta, Canada: Remaking Canadian Citizenship: The Politics of Recognition, Redistribution and Social History under the Harper Conservatives”.

16.45 – 17.30

Aleksandra Ålund & Carl-Ulrik Schierup, REMESO, Linköping University, Sweden: From Paradoxes of Multiculturalism to Paradoxes of Liberalism”.

17.30 – 18.00

Discussant: Peter Hervik, Co-MID, Aalborg University & Anette Borchorst CCWS, Aalborg University

Friday, October 12: Day two

Session 2 (Continuation): Diversity & Inequalities: Nation State policy responses

9.30 – 10.00

Monika Mokre, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna & Birte Siim, Aalborg University: “Gender and Diversity in an emergent European Public Sphere”.

10.00 – 10.30

Christian Albrekt, CCWS, Aalborg University: “Ethnic Diversity and Social Cohesion: How Mixed Schools Mediates the Negative Relationship”.

10.30 – 11.00

Martin Bak Jørgensen & Trine Lund Thomsen, Co-MID, Aalborg University:” ’Needed but undeserving’ – The social construction of deserving and undeserving migrant groups in Denmark”.

11.00 – 11.45:

Discussant: John Erik Fossum, ARENA, Oslo, Norway.

LUNCH: 12.00 – 13.00

Session 3: European Diversity, Transnational Solidarity and the Crisis

13.00 – 15.00

· Politics of Diversity and Solidarity within the EU

· Responses to the Crisis

· Transnational actors, networks and organisations

This panel addresses the tension between national identities and transnational solidarity, paying particular attention to the contemporary economic crisis. One issue concerns the boundaries of solidarity during the economic crisis. A second issue concerns the interaction between transnational solidarity and solidarity at the domestic level during the economic crisis. Does resistance to solidarity at the transnational level strengthen or weaken solidarity and redistribution at the level of the nation state. A third issue concerns interactions of transnational actors, networks and organisations with EU-institutions; and within civil society.

13.00 – 13.30

Manuel Carlos Silva, Research Centre of Social Sciences, University of MInho, Portugal:”Crisis, democracy and development: The Place of Portugal in the EU”.

13.30 – 14.00

Keith Banting, Queens University, Canada: Multicultural Diversity and Redistribution in Canada: Immigrants, Aboriginal Peoples and Public Support for Social Programs”.

14.00 – 14.30

Discussant: Francisco Colom González, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, Madrid, Spain.

COFFEE/TEA BREAK: 14.30 – 15.00

Panel discussion: Social Policies, Civil Society Actors and the Crisis

15.00 – 16.00

Participants: Anette Borchorst, CCWS, Aalborg University, John-Erik Fossum, Arena, Oslo, Peter Kraus, RECODE, Programme Chair, University of Augsburg.

Plenary Debate

16.00 – 16.15

Plans for future cooperation, networking and publication.



Workshop 3 – June 2012

De-territorialized Diversity: Global and Transnational Dimensions
Oslo, Norway – June 7th-8th, 2012

Convenors: John Erik Fossum (Arena, Oslo)
Riva Kastoryano (CNRS-CERI-Sciences Po, Paris)
The workshop will explore a central issue of RECODE, namely the role of diversity with particular emphasis on the notion of transnational communities. Politics has traditionally been conceptualized and organized along territorial lines but the confluence of globalization, cosmopolitanisation and Europeanisation have given new impetus to the development of transnational communities. The workshop seeks to understand the nature of this phenomenon; how prevalent it is in the EU and Canada; what the implications are on minorities and systems of governing; and the nature and strength of nationalist reactions. The workshop is thematically organized to address these themes.

Full Workshop Description

Workshop Final Report

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Thursday June 7th – Workshop Day 1
Session 1 – Conceptualising transnational communities
09:00 – 18:00
Opening Remarks: Riva Kastoryano (CNRS, France), John Erik Fossum, Peter A. Kraus

  • Norway and refletions on July 22 – Thomas Hylland Eriksen
  • Cosmopolitanism and the question of borders – Chris Rumford
  • A transnational nationalism – Riva Kastoryano
  • Diversity, transnational practices and intercultural policies – Ricard Zapata
  • Challenging Nationalisms – Long Distance, Methodological, and State: The Agency of Migrants and Cities – Nina Glick Schiller
  • Transnationalism and immigrant integration – Christian Joppke

Discussants and general discussion: Keith Banting, João Manuel Cardoso Rosas and Alexandra Ålund

Friday June 8th – Workshop Day 2
Session 2 – A new power relationship between minorities and states?
09:00 – 13:00

  • The roots of diversity in contemporary liberal-democratic states: A global normative account – Phil Triadafilopoulus
  • Membership and internal democracy. Immigrant organisations in the City of Oslo – Marianne Takle
  • Minority political participation – Jon Rogstad

Discussants and general Discussion: Veit Bader, Birte Siim

Session 3 – The New Nationalism
14:00 – 18:00

  • Reflections on the new nationalism in the EU – Hans-Joerg Trenz
  • The new nationalism and its relationship to Islam – Sindre Bangstad
  • Wither the Canadian model? Evaluating the new Canadian nationalism – Patti Lenard

Discussants and general discussion: Francisco Colom, Peter A. Kraus

Steering Committee Meeting – Saturday June 9th, 2012

09:00-16:00, Oslo



Workshop 2

The Public Management of Religion: From State Building to New Forms of Minorities’ Mobilization
Neuchâtel, Switzerland – October 21st-22nd, 2011

Convenors: Gianni D’Amato (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
Francisco Colom-González (CSIC, Spain)

In conventional approaches, modernisation was conceived of as intrinsically connected to secularisation, i.e. as a process in which the religious foundations of political power would be increasingly replaced by alternative and secularised forms of legitimacy. Accordingly, cultural change in modernising societies would induce the privatisation of religious belief, diminish collective religious practice and push for secularised moral and political references. Even in the largely secularised Canadian and European contexts the debate about secularism in the collective self-perception of society, in relation to the display of religious symbols in public spaces, or about the accommodation of ethno-religious minorities, has strongly re-emerged, sometimes around ethnic and multicultural issues. The thesis of modernisation as secularization has therefore undergone a thorough revision in the social sciences without reaching an alternative consensus on the possible meaning of post-secularism.

The aim of this workshop is to gain a broad view on the shifting issues and cleavages that have shaped the public management of religion in Europe and Canada. Accordingly, the seminar will be organized around three main themes: 1) The secularization thesis under review; 2) The relations between state-building and religion; and 3) The accommodation of new religious minorities.

Full Workshop Description
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Friday October 21st – Workshop Day 1
Session 1 – Secularisation and State-Building: A Conventional Path to Modernity?
14:00 – 18:30
Chair: Riva Kastoryano (CNRS, France)

  • Jocelyn Maclure, Laval University, Canada
  • Ingvill Thorson Plesner, Norwegian Center for Human Rights
  • Massimo Rubboli, University of Genoa, Italy

Discussant: Ángel Rivero, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain

Saturday October 22nd – Workshop Day 2
Session 2 – Beyond Kulturkampf: Shifting Cleavages in Catholic Societies
Chair: Peter A. Kraus (RECODE Programme Chair; University of Helsinki, Finland)

  • Sean L’Estrange, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Francisco Colom-González, Spanish National Research Council
  • François Forêt, Free University of Brussels, Belgium

Discussant: Gianni D’Amato, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Session 3 – The Accomodation of New Religious Minorities
14:00 – 17:30
Chair: N.N.

  • Denise Helly, INRS, Canada
  • Julia Mourao Permoser, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Tuomas Martikainen, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Discussant: Mathias Thaler, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Workshop brought to you with the collaboration of:

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May 2011

RECODE Programme Launch Panel

Date and Time: Thursday May 5th, 2011, 16:00-19:00
Venue: Fabianinkatu 26, Festival Hall
University of Helsinki, Finland
Participation: Open event; registration required
Registration: No later than Tuesday May 3rd, 2011 to Margarita Sakilayan-Latvala ( or +358-9-191-28488)
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Ulla-Maija Forsberg (Vice-Rector, University of Helsinki)
Welcoming Words

Peter A. Kraus (RECODE Programme Chair, University of Helsinki)

Rainer Bauböck (European University Institute, Florence/Austrian Academy of Sciences)
Territory, Birthright and Language: The Particularistic Sources of Political Community

Keith Banting (Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario)
Is the Atlantic Getting Bigger or Smaller? Multiculturalism and Civic Integration in Canada and Europe

Ferran Requejo (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
Conceptual and Institutional Shortcomings in Plurinational Democracies

Riva Kastoryano (CNRS-CERI-Sciences Po, Paris
De-territorialised Diversity: Global and Transnational Dimensions

Public Discussion chaired by Peter A. Kraus (University of Helsinki)
The event will be followed by a reception (19:00-20:00).

RECODE Launch Event Poster


2011 Steering Committee Meeting

Helsinki, Finland – May 5th, 2011; 09:00-14:30

Workshop 1 – May 2011
Linguistic Diversity and the Changing Dynamics of Political Integration
Helsinki, Finland – May 6th-7th, 2011

Convenors: Peter A. Kraus (University of Helsinki)
Tünde Puskás (Linköping University)
The workshop will explore the key issues of language politics in European democracies, contrasting these with the Canadian experience. It will focus on how political integration can be achieved in the context of institutional settings committed to maintaining linguistic diversity. The workshop sessions are structured along three major thematic lines: 1) Linguistic diversity, nation-building and nationalism, 2) Language, transnational integration, and Europeanization, and 3) Language and the politics of immigration.

Full Workshop Description
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Friday May 6th – Workshop Day 1
Session 1 – Linguistic Diversity, Nation-Building and Nationalism
10:00 – 12:30 Session 1A

  • Nenad Stojanovic, Switzerland – Direct Democracy and the Political Integration of Linguistic Minorities in a Multilingual Country
  • Linda Cardinal, Canada – Language Regimes in Canada and in Quebec: From Competition to Collaboration?
  • Albert Branchadell, Spain – One Nation, One (Common) Language? Language and Nationalism in 21st Century Catalonia

Keith Banting, Canada – Discussant

14.00 – 16:30 Session 1B

  • Pasi Saukkonen, Finland – The Finnish Paradox: Language and Politics in Finland
  • Tadhg Ó hIfearnáin, Ireland – The Politics of Double Minorities, Revitalisation and Regeneration of Irish
  • Donna Patrick, Canada – Indigeneity and the Politics of Language in Canada

John Erik Fossum, Norway – Discussant

Session 2 – Language and the Dynamics of Transnational Integration/Europeanization
17:00 – 19:30

  • Guus Extra, Netherlands – Towards a European Index of Multilingual Policies and Practices
  • Jean-Claude Barbier, France – Languages, Political Cultures and Solidarity in Europe
  • Peter A. Kraus, Finland – The Politics of Linguistic Diversity at the European Level

Keith Battarbee, Finland – Discussant

Saturday May 7th – Workshop Day 2
Session 3 – Language and the Politics of Immigration
10:00 – 12:30

  • Ayelet Banai, Germany – The Languages of the Social Contract
  • Silvia Adamo, Denmark – What’s the Point? Policies on Immigration and the Language Issue in Denmark
  • Tünde Puskás, Sweden – Managing Immigrant Multilingualism in Monolingual Swedish Schools

Johanne Poirier, Belgium – Discussant